In times of old, Pearls have become valuable jewels for kings and patriciate because of its availability and beauty. Unlike diamonds, rubies, sapphire or emeralds are formed from nature, pearls generated from a living creature. Just like other types of jewelry, the more precious, the more expensive, the more hunted, the more likely the pearls will be counterfeited. Therefore, it is not surprising that the market is full of pearl necklaces that sell at the same price as fine jewelry (cheap jewelry).

How does a real pearl compare to a fake pearl?

Pearls are created when sand grains accidentally fall into the shells of mussels living in the open sea without any human influence. This type of natural pearl is rare and extremely valuable.

Because natural pearls take a long time to form, from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, a scientist has worked out a natural intervention to create pearls. This method instead of waiting for sand grains to accidentally fall into the oyster’s shell will be implanted directly into the oyster. Then release the son to the sea and proceed to create a pearl.

Cause Real pearls have great value, someone fakes it and the way they are faking increasingly sophisticated. If you are not attentive and experience about the pearls industry, it is difficult to distinguish real fake. Because fake pearls made complicated when coated with a thin layer of nacre outside to create luster like real pearls.

How to distinguish real pearls and fake pearls?

Find the small defect.

Real pearls are rarely perfect, but often they will have minor imperfections or irregularities. In the parts of the pearl, the outer shell of the mother reflects different light. Most imitation pearls are always perfect, have an absolute spherical shape and have a uniform luster all over the surface, with no dents or any defects.

Although it is rare, there are still perfectly round pearls, but a necklace can’t be made from all the pearls with the same perfect roundness. If you see any string of shiny and round jewels that the same, it is almost certainly fake.

Check the sharp gloss.

Goldsmiths often used the word “gloss” to describe the light reflected from gemstones. Luster is a factor that makes beautiful pearls shimmer, so good pearls must have a bright and sharp gloss, make them capable of glowing when the light shines on. If you look closely, you will see your reflection on the pearl.

Check the colors.

Good quality pearls are priced depending on its color, which is the subtle color seen on the surface of the pearl when light shines on. If the pearl has a light color, emits a slight glow when it comes to glitter, it is likely genuine.  People often like white pearls with pink and cream colors. There are many colors, but pearls with dark background color are preferred 

Find traces around the drill hole.

Pierced pearls will have to drill holes to insert a string through. So you can use the drill to identify fake or real. You should look for the following specific points:

+ Sharp edge drill. Real pearls often have very sharp holes (like hollow cylinders), while counterfeits have rough edges or are rounded. However, older and more worn gems may also have rounded edges. The hole in a fake pearl may have a curved edge facing outwards rather than being an absolute cylinder.

+ A paint stain or chipped coat around the hole. In the process of using the beads collide with each other and make the outer coating peeling around the drill hole. If you can see the pieces of glass or plastic below, it is probably fake.

Look in the drill hole to divide the conch layer from the core.

Real pearls almost always have an outer layer of nacre, while counterfeits usually have a thin layer of artificial nacre or completely absent. So if there is a hole in the pearl, you can use a magnifying glass to look there to check the nacre. Real pearls often have a clear line separating the nacre from the core.

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